Cuban Custard Filled Flakey Pastry

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Flaky pastries filled with layers of creamy chocolate or vanilla custard.

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 6-8 large servings

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Ingredients

Filling:

1 can condensed milk
1 can evaporated milk
1 can water (use the evaporated milk can)
3 egg yolks
3 heaping tablespoons of cornstarch (combine this with the water until smooth)
2 tablespoons sugar

Add last:

2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter , softened to room temperature

Method

1. Combine the first five ingredients in a medium pot.

2. Stir on low heat until mixture thickens to a pudding-like consistency.

3. Remove from heat, add vanilla and butter and beat with a wire whisk until smooth. Refrigerate until cool.

Pastry:

1 sheet from 1 package of Pepperidge Farm Frozen Puff Pastry Sheets
1/2 cup powdered sugar (approximate) 1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. Unfold the pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Cut the pastry sheet into 3 strips along the fold marks. Place the pastry strips onto baking sheets. Handle the pastry as little as possible!

3. Bake for 15 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown. Remove the pastry sheets from the baking sheets and let cool on wire racks for 10 minutes. Split the three baked pastries into 2 layers, so that you have 6 layers in all.

4. Sprinkle some powdered sugar to cover all of the layers. Assemble the señorita by spreading approximately 3/4 cup of the filling on the first layer. Top this layer with a second layer, again spreading the filling on top. Finally cover this layer with a third piece of pastry.

5. REPEAT this process with the remaining three puff pastry layers. (When done you will have two large pastries, each with three layers.)

6. Slice these rather large pastries into individually sized portions with a wet serrated knife. For easier slicing, refrigerate the senoritas for at least 1 hour before slicing.


Chocolate


For a chocolate Señorita, frost the top layer with chocolate icing:
1/4 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon corn syrup
1/2 cup butter at room temperature
3/4 cup milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 cups powdered sugar INGREDIENTS:1. In a medium saucepan, mix together the milk, corn syrup, and butter. Heat the mixture over medium heat until the butter is completely melted.

2. Lower the heat to low and add the chocolate chips. Whisk the mixture until all of the chocolate has melted.

3. Remove from heat and add the powdered sugar. Whisk until smooth.

4. Immediately frost the top layer of the Señoritas with a thin layer of chocolate icing.

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